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Dykes believes long overdue success can give Mallards lift off

Ballinamallard United 2 Carrick Rangers 0

By Gareth Cauldwell

Gavin Dykes hopes Ballinamallard United can now push on after registering their first league win of the season against Carrick Rangers.

First half goals from Matty Smyth and Jonathan Leddy were enough to see off a Gers side that had Mark Edgar red carded late on.

Dykes had taken time away last week to consider his position and he was delighted with the performance of his side as they recorded the win.

"I'm hard on myself but I have to be hard on myself because the support I get at this club is beyond any club that I have been at and I've been at some really good clubs," he said.

"So when it feels like you are letting people down it hurts but I went away for a few days and spoke to a few people in the game and thankfully it worked out.

"It's only three points and we have to push on but it is nice to have that monkey off the back."

Carrick counterpart David McAlinden, though, was bitterly disappointed with his team's display, stating that it was their worst of the season.

"We struggled to defend, we struggled in midfield and we struggled going forward," he moaned.

"It was our worst performance of the season.

"They were better, they were hungrier and they deserved their win so I'm disappointed to say the least."

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